Boathouse Concerts  

Since 1992, Pam and Charlie Weber have hosted live music at Weber & Co., the warehouse where Charlie restores classic wood boats.  The Boathouse Concerts focus on traditional and contemporary folk music, as it often tells of a way of life that existed or is threatened with extinction – much like the historic waterfront artist colony at Fifth Avenue Point.  At the Boathouse, the audience enjoys an intimate  setting, shares homemade desserts and has an opportunity to meet and visit with the musicians.  In an age of stadium extravaganzas, with bands on oversized screens, ticket (and parking) prices equally oversized, Boathouse guests sit just feet away from the performers for a small donation, all of which is given to the entertainers.  This is an experience rarely available to inner city working residents.
For Performers

The Boathouse Concerts are produced by the Fifth Avenue Institute, which participates in a growing network of organizations providing “infill” bookings for small venue traveling performers (see and  The Institute also works with members of the Far-West regional chapter of the International Folk Alliance , which fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multi-cultural folk music, dance and related performing arts.  Additionally, the Institute Board members bring attention to acts playing at regional festivals, and invitations are extended with the message that an appreciative audience can be found at the Boathouse.
Concert Protocol

The Fifth Avenue Institute produces the Boathouse Concert Series as part of its mission to preserve artisan communities and encourage art and music in neighborhoods.  

Unless otherwise noted:

Doors open at 7 pm;  Performances begin at 8 pm.  
Donation of $20 goes to the musicians
Attendance by reservation only (over 18 only)
Guests are asked to bring a dessert, savory or beverage to share
There is always a barrel by the door for  the Food Bank

For further information about upcoming concerts, or inquiries about performing at the Boathouse, contact:
Boathouse Concerts

Future Boathouse Concerts
It's never too early to put music on your calendar!

Reservations:  boatwork@aol.
Keith Greeninger
January 18, 2014

We invited Keith to kick off our 2014 series, and he and long-time friend and
superb percussionist Jimmy Norris delivered!  We enjoyed all of Keith's new
songs, all of his stories and favorite signature numbers.  Sharon Allen joined
Keith for a few songs -- an unexpected and special treat.  The evening 
ended way too soon.

Whether he’s appearing with City Folk, Dayan Kai or solo, with nothing more than a guitar in hand and a song with a story to tell, Keith Greeninger is a performer not to be missed. A recommendation to those considering hosting your first house concert --Keith would be high on our list of recommended performers.  

Keith's website:
Mark Your Calendars:  2014 Concerts 

Saturday, September 6, 2014            Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines
Saturday, December 6, 2014              Front Country
Past Boathouse Concerts
Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore
February 23, 2014 

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are favorites at the Boathouse. -- they 
bring a trunkful of ballads, jazz, blues, folk and onstage banter that cannot 
be matched.  They were accompanied by Eric Thurin on bass, and he
 added another dimension to vocal harmonies -- not to mention his 
wonderful bass on the jazz and blues!

Their new CD, "Love Runner," is true to their live performance and a  great collection of Mollie and Rich's musical diversity.
Steve Smulian accompanied by Kerry Parker and Bob Hahn
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Boathouse Concerts 2014
This was one great night a the boathouse!  We think a new trio is ready for the house concert circuit!  If you have a chance to hear them, do it!  This group of friends and superb musicians surprised us in such a good way.
Steve Smulian  has been singing all his life, and playing and studying the guitar since his early teens. In addition to writing his own songs and poetry, Steve has many friends who are extraordinary songwriters, and he enjoys sharing their songs with his audience.  The multitalented Kerry Parker (violin, octave violin, vocals) added so much to this group.  What a lovely contibution with wonderful violin.   Bob Hahn (on harps) ​could do no wrong.  He also played guitar and sang..  
David Francey
Saturday, May10, 2014
David Francey exceeded our expectations by a hundredfold!  We had heard him live at Kate Wolf and Fiddling Cricket venues, we had most of his CDs, but there was something special about his appearance at the Boathouse....   The music was as wonderful as we rememgered, but we somehow had forgotten about his magnificent sense of humor.  The audience loved him -- and he's now part of the Boathouse family.  Please hurry back, David!
Houston Jones
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Houston Jones hasn't lost its magic, and the high-octane Americana quintet 
brought their original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues 
and gospel. The band features Glenn Houston (lead acoustic and electric guitars, 
mandolin), Travis Jones (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboard,
 accordion), Josh Zucker (standup bass), and Peter Tucker (drums). 

The  concert was sold out to the rafters, but nobody complained.  We were engergized by the upbeat, touched by the balads, and Travis sent us home to "Heart of Gold," which took many of us back to Strawberry 2005.           

If you missed it, check their website for future performances:

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Steve Meckfessel
Steve is one of those quiet ‘under the radar’ songwriters that when you 
‘discover’ him you think “lucky me! Everyone should know his beautiful 
songs!”        Claudia Russell

The story of Steve’s musical journey shares a common thread with many 
musicians. He played music and began writing songs early, played in high 
school and college, then went on to create a successful business career, 
married, raised a family, but the music was always there. In his own words:

“Several years ago, I drove to Oregon for a week-long songwriting workshop and music festival. I went to heal after a particularly stressful time. Little did I know I would slide through the rabbit's hole, into a parallel universe inhabited by writers, musicians, artists who sang their songs in the forest moonlight. It was a world without a King, a world where souls and hearts reigned. After that, my life wouldn't quite be the same.”

Steve began writing, performing, and recording. He released his first CD, "Twice" in 2004, and his second, "Under Beautiful Skies," produced and recorded with Keith Greeninger, in 2009. "Twice" was used on the hit TV show, JAG, and "Under Beautiful Skies" received extensive airplay in the U.S., Canada and Australia, and made the Americana radio charts in 2009. Steve has since traveled thousands of miles, performing at house concerts, cafes and venues -- the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon, a sold-out performance at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. He has shared the stage with Johnsmith, Keith Greeninger, Claudia Russell, John R. Burr, Peter Andrews, Roger Feuer, Chris Kokesh, Jim Norris, Paul Olguin, Bob Hahn, Dayan Kai, Sylvia Herold and others.

In a few words, Steve is a poet/guitarist/singer-songwriter whose music is rich and deep and always touches the heart. He is about to release his third CD, and we are delighted that we will have an opportunity to preview some of his new music at the Boathouse.  

To learn more about Steve Meckfessel, check his 
Website:       MySpace page: